The literature review and meta-analysis: 2 journalism tools you should use

Reporters can get up to date quickly on a policy topic by reading a research literature review or meta-analysis. This article explains how.
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Journalists Resource is useful in explaining how to look at reported research. Whether it is in news articles, news media or popular magazines.

Many times articles from Journalists Resource puts into layman’s terms how to digest research.

10 Trends That Have Changed Philadelphia in 10 Years | The Pew Charitable Trusts

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the State of the City report, we’re painting a portrait of Philadelphia through 10 compelling data points that spotlight some of the city’s transformative trends over the past 10 years.
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DPS: Gangster Disciples have called for deaths of police officers

I can’t even imagine this response. I can’t believe that a community would attack the police over the unfortunate event of an officer involved shooting. What is working here are a public few controlling a community. The good public don’t want to dispute the public violence of the minority.

After violent demonstrations in Memphis spurred by the death of Brandon Webber, a street gang has called for the killing of cops.
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2018 Vehicle Stops in Missouri

This webpage has assess to past reports.

Concerns by the citizens of Missouri and the Missouri legislature regarding allegations of racial profiling by law enforcement prompted the passage of state law Section 590.650, RSMo (2000), which was enacted Aug. 28, 2000. Racial profiling has been defined as the inappropriate use of race by law enforcement when making a decision to stop, search or arrest a motorist.
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Study: Long-term juvenile incarceration fails to decrease reoffending rates — Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Intuitively this doesn’t make sense.

It seems more likely that Longer sentences are for more serious crimes or a history of crime and people who violate more serious crime or have a long history of crime are more prone to recidivate therefore juveniles with longer stays will probably recidivate sooner. 

Juveniles with longer sentences are being compared to juveniles with shorter sentencing. It makes sense that the results show juveniles that receive a shorter sentence will have a lower recidivism rate.

A proper experiment would be to divide groups of juveniles eligible for long sentences into two comparable groups where one group receives the full sentence and the other group receives a shorter sentence and see how long it takes for each group to recidivate.

Study: Long-term juvenile incarceration fails to decrease reoffending rates — Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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